Breeding Program

KSDS Assistance Dogs, Inc. has developed a breeding program consisting of yellow and black Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers. Our breeder dogs are specifically chosen based on temperament, physical confirmation and health clearances as well as willingness to learn and serve.  Physical confirmation is critical for those who need a dog to brace for them when walking or if they fall.

Health clearances include testing the dogs’ hips, elbows, eyes and heart.  Our goal is to place the healthiest dogs possible with the expectation that our dogs will be able to assist their partner for eight to ten years.

While KSDS has our own breeding stock, we also work with other assistance dog schools who are accredited through Assistance Dogs International (ADI) throughout the U.S. and internationally.  This program is called the North American Breeding Cooperative (ABC) and it provides us the opportunity to share breeding stock with other ADI accredited schools whose dogs have outstanding genetic and health clearances.  The KSDS breeding program allows us to produce the best bred dogs for the tasks they are asked to perform on a daily basis.